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Writer coaching at The Novelry

Our book writing coaches are published authors who enjoy working with aspiring authors. They have hit the bestseller lists and been nominated for and won famous awards. Between them, they have experience across the full range of all genres of fiction and memoir. Based in the U.S.A., Canada and the U.K., they coach online worldwide to a structured program designed to help writers become published authors.

Our coaches have been hand-picked for The Novelry because they are exceptionally gifted mentors: warm and personable. They are trained in our Positive Coaching Method™. Our one-on-one writer mentoring program is a big part of the reason we’re the world’s best-loved creative writing school.

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Bespoke one-on-one coaching

The program provides tailored coaching and your coach will work with you in 45-minute sessions live and online to help develop your story and keep you on track with your writing. The coaching program is structured around your unique ambitions and writing goals. Our focus is 100 per cent on you.

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Flexible scheduling and global availability

The coaching program operates in all time zones, catering to writers from all over the world. You can arrange your personal online coaching sessions at times that are convenient to you.

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Access to a diverse team of coaches

As a student writer, you can access the entire team of writing coaches, allowing you to switch and swap according to your needs as your story evolves, or to benefit from the special expertise of one coach. Our behind-the-scenes systems mean that we track and follow your progress and pool our knowledge so, when you meet, each and every coach will be familiar with your story so far.

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Integrated editorial insights and industry connections

The coaching team works in close collaboration with the editorial team, consulting them regularly on your storyline behind the scenes. Our students receive the latest publishing industry advice every step of the way. Your success story is at the heart of our program.

Our coaching team

Their books have hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists and have been adapted for screen and optioned for major motion pictures.

Piers Torday. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Piers Torday

Piers Torday is the award-winning and bestselling author of seven books for children dubbed ‘the new master of children’s fiction’ by The Times.

Bea Fitzgerald coaching

Bea Fitzgerald

Bea Fitzgerald is a Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author. Her debut novel, Girl, Goddess, Queen, was published to rave reviews including five-star write-ups in the Telegraph, Glamour and Culturefly. It went on to become the bestselling YA hardback debut of 2023. Girl, Goddess, Queen won Romance Novel of the Year 2024 at the RNAs and has been shortlisted for numerous other awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Young Adult Book Prize, and the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards.

Melanie Conklin. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Melanie Conklin

Writing coach Melanie Conklin is the award-winning author of five middle-grade books for children, and winner of the International Literacy Association Teacher’s Choice Award.

David Solomons. Author and The Novelry Team Member

David Solomons

David Solomons is the author of middle-grade children’s novels. His children’s books have won the British Book Industry Best Children’s Book and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. 

Alice Kuipers. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers is the bestselling, award-winning author of five novels, and six books for younger readers. She has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She is also a bestselling ghostwriter experienced in writing memoir.

Ella McLeod writing coach

Ella McLeod

Ella McLeod is a Branford Boase-nominated author whose debut novel, Rapunzella, Or, Don’t Touch My Hair, was published in July 2022 with Scholastic and in June 2024 with Little Bee in the U.S.A. Rapunzella received rave reviews in Kirkus, the Irish Times, the Guardian, and a star review in Foreword Magazine. Her second novel, The Map That Led To You, was published in June 2024 and is a pirates-and-mermaids swashbuckling adventure story full of queer romance and radical self-acceptance.

Anissa Gray

Anissa Gray is the author of two novels published by Penguin Random House, praised by the New York Times for her beautiful prose and stories about family, love and loss. She is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN and The Cut.

Kate Riordan

Kate Riordan is the bestselling author of six novels, and has been a Richard and Judy Book Club choice. Her novels are published by Penguin Random House.

Gina Sorell

Gina Sorell is the author of The Wise Women (HarperCollins), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, Good Morning America Buzz Book, a People Magazine Best New Book Pick, and Washington Post Summer Selection. Her debut novel, Mothers and Other Strangers, was a Refinery29 and Self Magazine Best Book Pick.

Mahsuda Snaith

Mahsuda Snaith’s debut novel, The Things We Thought We Knew, saw her named an Observer ‘New Face of Fiction.’

Emylia Hall

Emylia Hall is the award-winning author of four women’s fiction novels and a six-book cozy crime series. She is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, personal essays, and short stories. Her books have been selected by Read with Jenna, the Today Show Book Club, Barnes & Noble Book Club, Target Book Club, as a No.1 IndieNext Pick and other accolades. Her work has been translated into eight languages. She is based in Seattle.

Amanda Reynolds

Amanda Reynolds is the bestselling author of six novels. Her number one ebook bestseller, Close To Me, was adapted into a major TV series.

Lesley Kara

Lesley Kara is a Sunday Times Top Ten and Amazon #1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. She is the author of The Rumor, Who Did You Tell?, The Dare, The Apartment Upstairs and The Other Tenant.

Emylia Hall

Emylia Hall is the award-winning author of four women’s fiction novels and a six-book cozy crime series. She is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.

Urban Waite

Urban Waite is the author of four novels, available in over 40 countries and 12 languages. He has received multiple book deals from Simon & Schuster U.K., Little Brown, and William Morrow, among many other book and film deals throughout Europe, Asia, and the production companies of Hollywood.

Andrea Stewart

Andrea Stewart is the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of the Drowning Empire trilogy (The Bone Shard Daughter, The Bone Shard Emperor and The Bone Shard War) and a finalist for numerous awards, including the Goodreads Choice Award and the British Fantasy Award.

Bea Fitzgerald

Bea Fitzgerald is a Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author. Her debut novel, Girl, Goddess, Queen, was published to rave reviews including five-star write-ups in the Telegraph, Glamour and Culturefly. It went on to become the bestselling YA hardback debut of 2023. Girl, Goddess, Queen won Romance Novel of the Year 2024 at the RNAs and has been shortlisted for numerous other awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Young Adult Book Prize, and the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards.

Alexis Henderson

Alexis Henderson is the author of The Year of the Witching and House of Hunger. She is a Goodreads Choice Award finalist. Writing in the horror and fantasy genres, the New York Times has likened Alexis to ‘a modern-day Anne Rice.’

Tasha Suri

Tasha Suri is the award-winning author of the Books of Ambha duology (Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash) and the epic fantasy The Jasmine Throne. Empire of Sand was rated by TIME magazine as one of the best fantasy novels of all time.

L.R. Lam

El, or L.R. Lam, is the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of nine novels, with three more under contract. Their books include the epic fantasy romance Dragonfall, the beginning of the Dragon Scales trilogy, cyberpunk near-future thrillers, space opera novels, and a near-future thriller. 

Katie Khan

Katie Khan is the author of two speculative fiction novels, Hold Back the Stars and The Light Between Us, published in the U.K. by Penguin Random House and in the U.S. by Simon & Schuster. Her debut novel Hold Back the Stars is being adapted for film by the producers of Stranger Things. Katie’s books have been translated into more than 20 languages and nominated for awards. Katie is Creative Director at The Novelry.

Heather Webb

Heather Webb is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of ten novels with 23 years of coaching experience.

Kate Riordan

Kate Riordan is the bestselling author of six novels, and has been a Richard and Judy Book Club choice. Her novels are published by Penguin Random House.

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, personal essays, and short stories. Her books have been selected by Read with Jenna, the Today Show Book Club, Barnes & Noble Book Club, Target Book Club, as a No.1 IndieNext Pick and other accolades. Her work has been translated into eight languages. She is based in Seattle.

Anissa Gray

Anissa Gray is the author of two novels published by Penguin Random House, praised by the New York Times for her beautiful prose and stories about family, love and loss. She is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN and The Cut.

Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld is the award-winning author of five novels and a memoir. She is the only novelist ever to have won both the Miles Franklin Award and the Stella Prize for fiction in Australia. She is also the recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, a Betty Trask Award, the European Union Prize, the Jerwood Fiction Prize, and the Encore Award.

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, personal essays, and short stories. Her books have been selected by Read with Jenna, the Today Show Book Club, Barnes & Noble Book Club, Target Book Club, as a No.1 IndieNext Pick and other accolades. Her work has been translated into eight languages. She is based in Seattle.

Urban Waite

Urban Waite is the author of four novels, available in over 40 countries and 12 languages. He has received multiple book deals from Simon & Schuster U.K., Little Brown, and William Morrow, among many other book and film deals throughout Europe, Asia, and the production companies of Hollywood.

Bea Fitzgerald

Bea Fitzgerald is a Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author. Her debut novel, Girl, Goddess, Queen, was published to rave reviews including five-star write-ups in the Telegraph, Glamour and Culturefly. It went on to become the bestselling YA hardback debut of 2023. Girl, Goddess, Queen won Romance Novel of the Year 2024 at the RNAs and has been shortlisted for numerous other awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Young Adult Book Prize, and the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards.

Heather Webb

Heather Webb is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of ten novels with 23 years of coaching experience.

Libby Page

Libby Page is the bestselling author of five novels. The Lido became a Sunday Times bestseller within its first week of publication and has been published in more than 23 territories around the world.

Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of five novels. Colleen was awarded Georgia Author of the Year.

Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld is the award-winning author of five novels and a memoir. She is the only novelist ever to have won both the Miles Franklin Award and the Stella Prize for fiction in Australia. She is also the recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, a Betty Trask Award, the European Union Prize, the Jerwood Fiction Prize, and the Encore Award.

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers is the bestselling, award-winning author of five novels, and six books for younger readers. She has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She is also a bestselling ghostwriter experienced in writing memoir.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Literary Fiction
Reading Group Fiction
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Up Lit
Magical Realism
Romance
Mystery
Historical Fiction
Memoir
Women’s Fiction
Science Fiction
Speculative Fiction
Sleuths, Crime Fiction
Suspense
Psychological Thrillers
Young Adult
Fantasy Fiction
Crime Thrillers
Cozy Crime
Children’s & Young Adult Fiction

‘The ability to chat with authors and editors, who I feel really care about my writing success, is what makes The Novelry so special.’

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New York TimesUSA Today and Sunday Times bestselling and award-winning authors who have published books with the major publishing houses worldwide.

Based in the U.S.A., Canada and the U.K., our team offer coaching sessions for all time zones worldwide. You’ll find your sessions with your writing coach are fun, lively and inspiring. Your writing coach at The Novelry will be cheering you on every step of the way, as you tick off your writing goals, develop your skills, and follow in their footsteps to achieve your ambition to get a book deal.

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Unleash your writing potential

Our coaches have been trained in our Positive Coaching Method™, and our one-on-one writer mentoring program is a big part of the reason we’re the world’s best-loved creative writing school.

We help you grow as a writer and build your confidence. We’ll shine a light on what’s working and help you solve problems. We get far better results this way.

Choose the right course for you, and we’ll take great care of you and your book-in-waiting.

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The Novel Kickstarter Course

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What makes a good mentor?

An aspiring writer will do better learning from an experienced writer who has navigated the publishing industry successfully, someone with a proven track record in the literary world and the publishing industry. Ideally, someone who has been published more than once and is currently published too.

A good mentor is someone who loves learning and who understands that they too, as a writer, are always learning; that way the one-on-one mentoring relationship becomes a fulfilling and exciting experience. A good mentor should be open to new ideas and the feedback that flows naturally both ways.

To choose yours, consider the books written by the writing coach. Have a read of some sample chapters online. Have they been published recently? Have they got teaching experience? Do they belong to any professional bodies or organizations? The reputation of their network or the company they represent keeps you safe. Ideally they belong to a highly rated writing community that respects them for their ability to work generously with other writers.

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What makes a good mentor?

An aspiring writer will want to consider a potential writing mentor carefully to choose an experienced writer who has navigated the publishing industry successfully, with a proven track record, who has standing and recognition in the literary world and the publishing industry.

A good mentor is someone who loves learning and who understands that they too, as a writer, are always learning; that way the one-on-one mentoring relationship becomes a mutually fulfilling and exciting experience, open to new ideas and feedback that flows naturally both ways.

To choose your potential coach, consider the writing coach’s work. Have they been published recently? Do they write in a similar genre? Do they understand the book publishing process? Have they got teaching experience? Do they belong to professional organisations? That they belong to a writing community and are willing and able to work generously with other writers is an important test.

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Coaching to finish your novel

‘I found The Novelry at a time when I was ready to give up. I was feeling very low on confidence and knew I’d be my own worst enemy if left to my own devices. The sessions with Emylia, my writing coach, were a real highlight—she always made me feel like she genuinely cared about my novel, and I was constantly amazed at the way she engaged with the story and the creative suggestions she brought forward. The sessions kept me on track and helped me work through plot kinks along the way and I felt like I had a real champion through the whole process.’

—Becky Hunter, now with a major two-book publishing contract in the U.S.A. and the U.K.